Katie Briesbois' Romanian Street Children Project

by Marianne Tecun
May 9, 2001

Romanian born Kati Brisebois has been working to reduce the number of street children in her native country for the past four years. Most street children are victims of the failed communist policies of the former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. During Ceausescu's regime, which ended in 1989 when he was overthrown and executed by firing squad, Romania outlawed abortion and contraception and encouraged families to have at least four children to spur economic growth. But prosperity never materialized and jobless parents cast away countless children to orphanages, state institutions and the streets.

Today, with support from the Women's Federation for World Peace and because of the vision and hard work of Katie and her husband Mike and their son Emerick, The Sunshine Farm exists. Located near the border of Hungary, this tiny yet beautiful country site is home to orphans who would have otherwise had to live in the local orphanage.

What is unique about The Sunshine Farm is that the founder understands that simply feeding and housing the children is not enough. In 2000, seven two-day workshops were held in which 70 young adults were taught the importance of purity before marriage and the significance of personal growth in order to create a meaningful life. More workshops are planned and there is much work to be done in order to ease the pain for thousands of orphans in Romania. The Sunshine Farm will produce a great change for the country of Romania by first educating its young people. Monies are currently needed to build a facility large enough to house twenty and to plant fruit trees and buy animals.

Kati has fundraised and invested personal money in this effort since its inception. Now it is time to bring the project to your attention. For more information about The Sunshine Farm, or if you would like to make a contribution please write to:

Kati Brisebois
Cooper Hall
University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT 06601

Or E-mail: KatiMike82@hotmail.com